Updating Moose The Motorhome


1976 Argosy Motorhome 24′ – BEFORE

It’s been well over a year since we have visited Moose the Motorhome and his many issues.  Admittedly, our Argosy trailer has gotten all the love with updating, correcting and fixing the much needed fixes that we have been putting off.  There never seems to be enough time to fix up three Vintage gems.  With one trailer almost completely updated, it is time to move on to Moose the Argosy motorhome.

The outside looks terrible. By the looks of it, no one would even think of wanting this heap of vintage trash. But the inside is a completely different story!


Those back walls are going to have shiplap covering them so they match.

We have to fix this couch so that it converts into a bed.  The previous owner fastened it so it remains a couch and not a bed.  This should be an easy fix.  Unfortunately, the previous owner did not carry over the dark wall covering so that the walls match.  We are going to cover both sides with shiplap so that they match.  The original bathroom pocket doors will remain… for now.  I have a plan for the future but no time to put it in action.  I actually hate hate hate these doors because I have been stuck in the bathroom a thousand times because these doors get stuck!  Oh and that AC case will be coming down and getting a fresh coat of paint.



Still wondering whether to keep the IKEA Futon.



Going Back to Original Couch/Table setup instead of Futon


The previous owner installed a matching couch to the above picture with a cute table.  The Argosy original table was missing.  We thought we needed a bigger bed to sleep on so we bought an Ikea futon to put in it’s place.   It’s a beast and takes up a lot of room, a bit too firm for my taste but it works for when we need to make it into a bed.



IKEA Futon in Argosy Motorhome


A major problem for us with this Motorhome is storage.  We have plenty of room for kitchen/pantry supplies and our clothes but almost zero room for the extras like Golf Clubs!  The couch by the door (crab pillow couch) is going to be revamped so that it opens up to full storage underneath to put the golf clubs while traveling.



Argosy Motorhome Couch


It’s important to note that this Motorhome would never pass current safety inspections. We have looked at some safety options and decided to take out the desk. The futon will be probably be revamped/replaced with the couch the previous owner installed and use the tambours instead of the IKEA futon frame. The desk area will have a built-in custom table which we are sorely in need of. That way if there were an accident, the futon and desk would not come crashing, at full speed, forward.


The reason why the inside is so fabulous is because the previous owner worked for an RV supply company and gutted most of this Motorhome.  He used quality materials to build it back up. He installed heavy duty flooring, high quality countertop and sturdy fabrics. Once he was almost done and ready to work on the outside, his wife decided she wanted a new travel trailer instead. We have a love of the Argosy brand so we got it for a steal!


Moose’s Partial To Do List:

  1. Painting the outside.
  2. Change Tires from 16 1/2 to 16 rims to make it more affordable and accessible.
  3. Get Windshield Wiper Motor (both)
  4. Replace 2 side windows
  5. Install Electric Hot Water Heater
  6. Get Dash A/C fixed
  7. Fix Exhaust Leak – Gasket
  8. Remove Old Generator and Replace
  9. Expoxy Bathroom
  10. Scrub Sticky Walls
  11. Install Fridge
  12. Build a Underneath Storage for Golf Clubs


There are more items to add to this list but we had a mechanic check it out and he was super impressed with this 454. Our 15 year old son seems to think this is going to be his camping machine sooner than later. He can keep dreaming.



1977 Argosy Motorhome – AFTER


Complete Photo Album at PhotoBucket.


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To Keep or Not?

Need to Epoxy everything White!


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